The years on the bus go round and round

— With five decades of experience, Smith has his own opinion on how school transportation has changed through the years.

“Buses are a lot safer. When I first started I used to drive a bus up Central Avenue and kids would cross four lanes, so your heart was in your throat,” said Smith. “Buses were a lot older and would steam up and I had a time when I had to use the deicer on the inside of the windows.”

Pete Tunney, transportation director, has worked with Smith for 30 years and said he’s the type of employee you don’t come across very often.

“I don’t know that there’s anybody with that number of years of service, or even close to it. Thirty is pretty much considered quite a career,” said Tunney.

Tunney started alongside Smith as a part-time driver while he worked his way through school. When he became Smith’s supervisor, nothing changed.

“He’s just a fantastic employee; absolutely one of the best,” said Tunney. “He’s steady, he’s in to work every day, he goes out there and gets the job done.”

Smith also gets the seal of approval where it really counts.

“The parents love him, the teachers love him,” said Tunney. “He’s someone who loves children.”

And Smith isn’t just dedicated, he’s also good at his job.

“He doesn’t make the telephone ring; I’ve gotten no aggressive driving calls or a parent telling me he yelled at their child,” said Tunney. “In all the years I’ve known him, I don’t believe he’s ever been involved in an accident. He has an outstanding driving record with us.”

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